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Subject: Outstanding Fantasy
Outstanding show over all, going with four stars only because the boys were able to climb much higher later in 1989. They sound very clean, crisp and relaxed here and the show features one of the core elements of the 1989 revival: Brent going nuts. First set jumps right along and then - boom - a beautiful TLMD just to get your head working. Vocals are beautiful (did I say that already?) Check out the Cassidy - they really bring it over the top on the second extended jam. That's a benchmark of creativity for them. Second set is enjoyable too, but I think it's the Dear Mr. Fantasy that shines brightest. Jerry and Brent singing side by side for most of it - miss 'em both dearly. Kind of a lamentable Hey Jude follows - guess they were a little too relaxed by this point but, never losing their cool under pressure, they rebound (and get even more relaxed) during Good Lovin'. Again, Brent is free styling on the vocals nicely, just enough and not overdoing it. A solid Baby Blue to get the head working again for the trip ahead. Another Mr. Miller masterpiece and an early indication that the boys would be taking 1989 to heights not seen in some years.
Subject: unsung Gem
And here I thought all the really GRATE shows of 89 had been discovered and but I've never heard anyone talk about this or any of rest of this very very nice Chicago run. I must admit I was at this show but don't remember anything but having a really good time being Psychedelically enhanced and seeing one of the best sunrises in my entire life afterwords but anyway on to the review. Starts of with a pretty pedestrian Iko Iko IMHO but steadily gets much much more intense. By It's All Over Now things have heated up to boiling and then Good ol Jerry just levels the place with an immaculate To Lay Me Down that could just bring tears to ones eyes. The Cassidy that follows once again gets the pot to full boil, very tight. This should have been the version on Without a Net, again IMHO. Even the closing dough knees is excellent. Ok Second Set Foolish Heart and wow always liked this song but here we finally see it reach the potential we all know it had when Brent decides the ol' B3 needs to clean the cobwebs of every building within a mile of the place and Jerry reciprocates in kind. The Looks Like Rain goes with the groove of excellent tight renditions. Not too tremendous like we saw in 88 but more of a return to the traditional, still a beautiful tight rendition. Eyes is good, nothing to write home about but not lacking either. Drums-space your standard fun but out of it comes a very nice strong later era Wheel which I must say I usually go for the earlier versions but this one gets there and then some. Next the Miracle Fantasy Hey Jude combo is tight rockin chair bustin stuff you just can't get in stores anymore. As for the last sequence of GDTRFB Good Love and Baby Blue encore all strong to the last note and while writing this here review of these songs had a sort an epiphany I guess because although I can't remember if I realized it at the time but this was the end of the road for me having miracled my Mecca tickets and having a First Tour girlfriend who was wanting for home after dragging her to every show from Atlanta. Anyway before I lose my train of thought completely what I meant to say is what a great last sequence of songs to end what I believe was the last eastern tour where the tribe could stop, camp, and gather at each venue. Peace. 5 stars for sound and very high four stars for performance. I'm giving it 5 since I'm first.